Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2018

Faculty of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Department

Toll Distinguished Professors

Benach, Jorge, Ph.D., 1971, Rutgers University: Pathogenesis of spirochetal infections and their host responses. Distinguished Professors

Wimmer, Eckard, Ph.D., 1962, University of Gottingen, Germany: The molecular biology of poliovirus replication and the molecular basis of picornaviral pathogenesis.


Bliska, James B., Ph.D., 1987, University of California, Berkeley: Molecular and cellular basis of bacterial-host interactions. Carter, Carol A., Ph.D., 1972, Yale University: HIV and retroviral assembly and replication.

Del Poeta, Maurizio, M.D., 1992, University of Ancona, Italy: Role of sphingolipids in mediating signaling pathways and fungal pathogenesis.

Fries, Bettina1, M.D., 1991, Albert Ludwig Universitaet Freiburg, Germany: Staphylococcal enterotoxin B; Cryptococcal neoformans pathogenesis

Futcher, Bruce, D.Phil., 1981, University of Oxford, England: Control of cell division in eukaryotic cells.

Hayman, Michael J., Ph.D., 1973, National Institute for Medical Research, England: Mechanism of transformation by retroviral oncogenes; erythroid differentiation.

Hearing, Patrick, Ph.D., 1980, Northwestern University: Viral molecular genetics; eukaryotic transcriptional regulation; gene therapy.

Konopka, James B., Ph.D., 1985, University of California, Los Angeles: G-protein coupled receptor signal transduction; fungal pathogenesis (Candida albicans).

Li, Ellen1, M.D., Ph.D., 1986, Washington University: inflammatory bowel diseases. Mackow, Erich R., Ph.D., 1984, Temple University: Rotavirus and hantavirus pathogenesis.

Marshall, Nancy Reich, Ph.D., 1983, University at Stony Brook: Signaling switches in gene expression by hormones or viral infection.

Thanassi, David, Ph.D., 1995, University of California, Berkeley: Secretion of virulence factors by bacterial pathogens; pilus biogenesis by uropathogenic E. coli.

Associate Professors

Bhaduri-McIntosh, Sumita3, M.D., Ph.D., 1991, Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College: Epstein-Barr virus-host interactions Carpino, Nicholas, Ph.D., 1997, University at Stony Brook; Positive and negative regulation of T cell receptor signaling.

Hearing, Janet C., Ph.D., 1984, University at Stony Brook: Influenza virus drug development.

Karzai, Wali4, Ph.D., 1995, Johns Hopkins University: Structure and function of RNA-binding proteins and biochemical studies of the SmpBSsrA quality control system.

Krug, Laurie, Ph.D., 2001, Emory University: Virus-host interactions during chronic gammaherpesvirus infection. Leatherwood, Janet, Ph.D., 1993, The Johns Hopkins University: Cell cycle control of DNA replication.

van der Velden, Adrianus, Ph.D., 2000, Oregon Health and Science University : Salmonella pathogenesis. Assistant Professors

Kumar, Pawan, DVM, PhD, 2009, University of Southampton, UK; Immunology and intestinal microbiota. Sheridan, Brian, Ph.D., 2008, University of Pittsburgh: Mucosal immunity to microbial pathogens

Adjunct Faculty

Stillman, Bruce W., Professor.7 Ph.D., 1979, Australian National University: Mechanism of eukaryotic DNA replication. Research Faculty

Boon, Elizabeth, Assistant Professor.8 Ph.D., 2002, California Institute of Technology: Biofilms.

Hannun, Yusef, Professor.9 M.D. American University in Beirut, Lebanon, 1983: lipid mediators of cancer cell signaling.

Kew, Richard, Assistant Professor.10 Ph.D., 1986, Stony Brook University: Leukocyte chemotaxis; inflammation; pulmonary immunopathology.

Krainer, Adrian, Professor.7 Ph.D., 1986, Harvard University: Posttranscriptional control of gene expression; alternative splicing; splicing in genetic diseases and cancer; antisense therapeutics.

London, Erwin, Professor.11 Ph.D., 1979, Cornell University: Membrane protein folding and lipid interaction. Moll, Ute, Professor.10 M.D., 1985, University of Ulm: Tumor suppressor genes; role of p53 in human cancer.

Neiman, Aaron, Professor.11 Ph.D., 1994, University of California, San Francisco: Vesicle trafficking and intracellular signaling in yeast. Obeid, Lina, Professor.9, M.D., 1983, American University in Beirut, Lebanon: signaling lipids in cell stress and disease.

Seeliger, Jessica, Assistant Professor12, Ph.D., 2007, Stanford University: synthesis and assembly of cell membranes in Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Tonge, Peter J., Professor.8 Ph.D., 1986, University of Birmingham: Enzyme mechanisms and rational drug design.

Vakoc, Christopher, Assistant Professor.7 M.D., Ph.D., 2007, University of Pennsylvania: chromatin regulators and oncogenic signal transduction cascades.

Wigler, Michael, Professor.7 Ph.D., 1978, Columbia University: Signal transduction and growth control in eukaryotes.

Number of teaching, graduate, and research assistants, fall 2017: 23

1)  Joint appointment, Department of Medicine

2)  Joint appointment, Department of Pathology

3)  Joint appointment, Department of Pediatrics

4)  Joint appointment, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

5)  Brookhaven National Laboratory

6)  The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

7)  Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

8)  Department of Chemistry

9)  Department of Medicine

10)  Department of Pathology

11)  Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

12)  Department of Pharmacological Sciences